Size of Original: 8×10″
Outer size of Frame: 14×17″
An original Cut Paper Collage by Rachel, using small pieces of up-cycled magazine paper -varnished to prevent fading. A surreal image of a young girl holding a needle to her neck is the focus of this piece, as a melting sun sets on the horizon and a plane swerves into the composition from the top left corner. Plants grow up from the horizon, symbolizing a yearning for hope. The piece is open to interpretation, though the artist’s intent was to capture feelings associated with chronic pain or illness in an environment or society with its own public ills. Having broken her neck at 18 months old, Rachel has lived with chronic pain her entire life. The needle to the neck in this image symbolizes her neck pain. Also growing up as a misfit, not only in her household but in her school, town, and American society everywhere she’s lived, she experiences the chronic psychological pain of rejection. American society claims to embrace variety and celebrate uniqueness, but xenophobia, harassment & bullying in many forms are ever-prevalent. After fighting social injustice for more than two decades, she feels that the evils of racism & xenophobia are “chronic” illnesses in our society. The question posed by this artwork is: Are these societal ills Incurable? Or can we reach a place of personal and social healing?